Telecom

January 16, 2020

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Attorney General withdraws $2bn tax demand against MTN, refers matter relevant authorities

MTN Nigeria has for a long time now been trying to fight a $2 billion tax dispute in court with the Nigerian authorities.

The company, which is Africa’s largest telecoms operator has been accused of owing these taxes by the Nigeria Attorney General (AGF). MTN went ahead and filed a suit challenging the powers of AGF to deal with tax matters. The court action was then postponed to January 30 2020.

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January 8, 2020

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Safaricom launches Lipa Na MPESA customer and merchant promotion

Kenya’s telecommunication company Safaricom has launched an eight week Lipa Na M-PESA promotion that will reward both customers and merchants for making and receiving payments through the service.

Buyers and sellers will receive 1 point for every KES 100 payment with customers standing to win one of 6 houses in weekly draws.

The promotion runs until March 5th 2020"...

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January 8, 2020

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GSMA Intelligence: US and European Consumers Cautious on Move to 5G Devices, China and Korea Set to Lead Early Adoption

The smartphone will remain the dominant consumer device into the new decade, but the arrival of 5G will not guarantee a surge in device upgrades, according to new GSMA Intelligence research. A new report, The Future of Devices, published at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 in Las Vegas today, provides a wealth of insight on consumer technology adoption trends over the coming years, including the outlook for smartphones, smart speakers, wearables and other emerging categories.

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January 6, 2020

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MTN realizes R14 billion in asset sales in 2019

MTN announced its Asset Realisation Programme, ARP, in March 2019 which aims to simplify its portfolio, reduce debt and risk, improve returns and realize proceeds of at least R15 billion over three years.

Following on the proceeds raised from the disposals of its stakes in Amadeus, Travelstart and the ATC loan of R2,1 billion earlier in the year MTN has now concluded two further transactions bringing the total proceeds from its ARP to R14 billion"...

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December 26, 2019

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Expresso and Prepay Nation launch digital channel for airtime and data distribution

Telecommunication company Expresso has announced the launch of an online portal which will enable the Expresso subscribers in Senegal to buy and add the airtime and data bundles to their prepaid account digitally and instantaneously at any time of the day.

The portal has been developed and launched on Prepay Nation’s platform.

“Launch of the online top-up services"...

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December 23, 2019

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MATRIXX Software Named Best Digital BSS Provider at 13th Annual Telecom Review Leaders Summit

MATRIXX Software today announced that it has been named the Best Digital BSS Systems Provider at the Telecom Review Summit Leaders 2019, the ICT industry’s largest conference in the Middle East. “The winners of this year’s Telecom Review Excellence Awards represent the best of the best in our industry due to their professional achievements,” said Toni Eid, CEO of Trace Media International and founder of Telecom Review. “MATRIXX was recognized with this award because their software, which provides next-generation, cloud native digital commerce solutions, is set to transform how companies carry out their business operations.” The Telecom Review Excellence Awards give industry leaders a chance to celebrate the things they do well, and to receive acknowledgment when it all comes together. The winners are selected by a panel of 15 independent judges selected......

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December 22, 2019

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Mary Kay Inc. Caps Off Landmark Scientific Credentialing Year at 73rd Society of Cosmetic Chemists Meeting

In 2019, Mary Kay Inc. continued its decades-long commitment to skin science research by revealing the results of multiple groundbreaking studies and fostering academic discussion with industry peers at scientific symposiums around the globe. Most recently, Mary Kay was in New York City for the 73rd Society of Cosmetic Chemists Meeting, where the brand sponsored, collaborated, and explored applications of skin microbiome with leading experts in the field.

“New"...

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December 22, 2019

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O-RAN Alliance Conducts First Global Plugfest to Foster Adoption of Open and Interoperable 5G Radio Access Networks

The O-RAN Alliance successfully conducted its first worldwide plugfest and proof of concept to demonstrate the functionality as well as the multi-vendor interoperability of network equipment that complies with the recently published O1, A1, and Open Fronthaul interface specifications.

“O-RAN’s first global plugfest showcases the power of the community to document and develop truly open interface specifications with the potential to accelerate"...

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